Taylor Lautner’s film “Abduction” was released last September, right at the beginning of prime awards season. It did not win any awards. Rather, the film was lambasted for its ludicrous plot, painful dialogue, clunky action sequences, and complete lack of any seeming talent or charisma for Lautner, who was making his first attempt to carry a film himself. I guess you could say she dropped it, or maybe that it dropped on him, like the old anvil that always fell on Wile E. Coyote in the Roadrunner cartoons.
But Lautner is young and he deserves a second chance. Perhaps “Tracers” will suit his talents better. Deadline reports that Lautner has been cast in the lead of the action thriller that focuses on the world of parkour. Daniel Benmayor is directing, and Mary Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment are producing. They produced another group of Lautner films, a little something called “The Twilight Saga.” The project is being sold at the Cannes Film Market.
Did you forget what parkour is? That’s possible, considering it was really hot in like 2002, I think. It’s the thing where people run around and jump off bridges and fences and do handstands and other acrobatics off streetlamps, things like that.
Here’s the story:
Lautner will play Cam, a messenger in New York City who is a wiz on a bike but who’s in debt to an organized crime gang. He crashes his bike into a sexy stranger and is seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour that she introduces him to. The buzz has begun spreading on the film and there is bidding among a number of territories.
Will they feel bad about this if the other bike messenger movie, “Premium Rush,” opens poorly at the end of the summer?
Bowen and Godfrey feel good about all this, though, which makes sense, considering they’re selling it:
”We’ve had great successes making films for this audience and believe this project will continue our solid track record,” Bowen said. Godfrey added that “We had a remarkable experience with Taylor on Twilight and look forward to bringing Cam to life.”
We all look forward to seeing Lautner bring a character to life.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt 2″ opens in November.